Jonathan Recovers, Attends Investors’ Meeting

President Jonathan (looking hale and hearty) and Baroness Lynda Chalker at the HIIC meeting in London

President Jonathan (looking hale and hearty) and Baroness Lynda Chalker at the HIIC meeting in London

Ayorinde Oluokun

President Jonathan who took ill yesterday and was admitted at a London hospital for treatment has fully recovered.

And to show how healthy he was, he presided over Nigeria’s Honorary International Investors’ Council, HIIC meeting today.

Reuben Abati, spokesperson to the President who informed Nigerians that the President who was in London for the HIIC meeting “became indisposed and could not be present at the opening of the meeting today” yesterday also confirmed this in his twitter handle on Friday morning.

President Jonathan (looking hale and hearty) and Baroness Lynda Chalker at the HIIC meeting in London
President Jonathan (looking hale and hearty) and Baroness Lynda Chalker at the HIIC meeting in London

The President arrived at the venue of the meeting some minutes before 11.00 am (local time). He was getting set to deliver his address to participants at the meeting as at the time of writing this story, though Abati had informed Nigerians yesterday that the President was advised to rest for few days after been examined by doctors.

The President is not publicly known to be suffering from any serious medical conditions.

In a press statement yesterday, the President’s spokesperson did not reveal the cause of the sudden illness but said the “condition is nothing serious and that the medical attention he has sought is only precautionary.”

Jonathan arrived London on Wednesday morning for the meeting with HIIC, which was slated to last three days.

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He was received at the Luton Airport by officials of the Nigerian High Commission, led by Dr. Dalhatu Tafida.

Issues on the agenda of the meeting include generating long-term affordable finance for Nigeria’s real sector, developing Nigeria’s private equity and venture capital sectors to attract more foreign investments as well as Nigeria’s information and communications technology master-plan.

The meeting of the council which is coordinated by Baroness Lynda Chalker will also feature a review of Nigeria’s existing investment policies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Paris-based international organization dedicated to the promotion of policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

Members of the council include the CEO of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, Mr. Mohammed al Shaibani, a former South African Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr. Alec Erwin, the Vice President of Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Group in Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Mr. Olivier Suinat, a former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shaukat Aziz and the Director of Shell’s International Upstream Business, Mr. Andrew Brown.

President Jonathan was accompanied by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, Senator Nenadi Usman, Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga, Hon. Isiaka Bawa, the Coordinating of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Dr. Olusegun Aganga and the Governor of the Central Bank, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi.

Others on the President’s entourage include the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, the Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki, the Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Prof. Viola Onwuliri and heads of relevant government agencies.

With this morning’s development, Jonathan may likely return to Abuja on Saturday as scheduled.

On Sunday, President Jonathan is scheduled to hold a meeting with seven opposition governors in his ruling party, the PDP.

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